A Reasonable Viewpoint of Radiation Sickness in Tokyo

When a phenomenon such as nuclear fallout comes into question, there will be two extreme sides. The fear-mongers and the skeptics. The fear mongers will say everyone who reasonably can should evacuate out of Tokyo while the skeptics will say that Tokyo is completely safe and everywhere is safe outside the 30km restricted zone.

Allow me to lend my logic and experience to the matter.

I became sick from radiation while living in Tokyo for 2 months. My ongoing symptoms were somewhat subtle – it took me many months after the fact to realize what had actually happened. That is only because I had pristine health right before Japan, the internet to absorb a lot of knowledge within a reasonable amount of time, and health practitioners who not only spent decades studying health but also have the mind set to be open minded to such an occurrence.

My girlfriend became sick from radiation. She would not have realized unless I was able to help her understand.

A friend of a friend became sick from radiation while going to Tokyo on business for a month and her doctor told her she cannot have children for 10 years. That is from word of mouth so I cannot factually go into detail about her situation.

Yet, many of my other friends in Tokyo report no such symptoms of radiation sickness.

To say EVERYONE is going to get sick from radiation in Tokyo or NO ONE is both wrong. More logically, many people in Tokyo will get sick to varying degrees. It’s hard for it not to be many when tens of millions of people live in such a condensed area. However, chances at this point are the ongoing symptoms will be subtle like mine and they will chalk it up to another reason.

At the same time, NOT EVERYONE will get sick because they will have taken necessary precautions, live in an area of Tokyo that isn’t hot, etc. Perhaps they will ingest some radiation, but the amounts are small enough that symptoms don’t occur and the bodies defense system can naturally handle the insult.

Please use knowledge and logic to make informed decisions about your health. Only YOU can be responsible for your own health in matters like these. Not the government, not your doctor. That is all.

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The Day My Hair Fell Out

The last couple of weeks in Tokyo were a drag. Here I was in this great city, with a girl I adored, yet my subconscious was telling me it’s time to leave. It’s time to go back to Santa Monica, by the beach and just chill.

I arrived back the United States with a very irritable mood. I remember not treating a friend so well because of my mood. I figured I was just jet lagged from the travel. Usually when I travel I am sad to leave, but it was the opposite in this case. I was just happy enough to be back home.

It was the middle of September 2012 and I got settled into my old living arrangement. About one week later, I’m driving in my car and I run my hand through my hair. I notice a substantial amount of hair coming out. I run my hand through my hair again and again a bunch of hair comes out.

I had no idea what to think. “That’s weird. I must be shedding my hair to grow in a bunch of new hair,” I thought. I never had any hair loss like this. I’m still at a young age of 26.

My next appointment with my barber went awry.

“Your hair has gotten thinner.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s thinner and more flimsy. Don’t worry, everyone starts thinning around your age.”

I knew he was lying. I knew that not everyone starts thinning at my age. I knew he just didn’t want me to stress out and cause more hair loss.

Oh, I stressed. I stressed like never before. Yet, knowing my care free self, I never would stress out so much at the idea of losing some hair. I completely overreacted and I didn’t know why.

That is when I took action. I did all the reading on the internet I could. What other symptoms do I have? Brittle nails. OK. Hair loss, reasons for hair loss. Genetics. No, it’s not genetics. Thyroid problems cause hair loss and brittle nails. OK, but for what reason would my thyroid become so unhealthy so quickly? Maybe there is a link between my fatigue and my hair loss / brittle nails.

Many hours of research and a couple of consultations with health professionals gave me my best evidence supported answer. Radiation poisoning.

That’s when I realized that not only did I have brittle nails and hair loss, but many of the other symptoms that are linked to radiation poisoning. And It all started during or after my 2 month stay in Tokyo.

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